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Chinese proverbs: Every experience is a lesson

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ID: 4207 Intermediate
Chinese proverbs are sentences that condense wisdom and knowledge, and also reflect the unique Chinese culture and philosophy. Although they mostly come from written Chinese, they are still popular and common in the spoken language today. In this lesson, we're showing you three Chinese proverbs on life and experience. You may have heard of their English equivalents: "Live and Learn“, "You reap what you sow", and "A fall into the pit, a gain in your wit." Check out these proverbs and learn how to apply them to daily life, and we hope you will feel inspired and encouraged after today's lesson!
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活到老学到老 huódàolǎoxuédàolǎo As long as you live, you learn
不经一事不长一智 bùjīngyīshìbùzhǎngyīzhì There's no wisdom without obstacles.
投资 tóuzī investment
种瓜得瓜种豆得豆 zhòngguādéguāzhòngdòudédòu You reap what you sow
活到老学到老
huó dào lǎo xué dào lǎo
As long as you live, you learn.
不管你几岁,你可能六十岁,九十岁,你都在学习新的东西。
bùguǎn nǐ jǐsuì ,nǐ kěnéng liùshí suì ,jiǔshí suì ,nǐ dōu zài xuéxí Xīn de dōngxi 。
No matter how old you are, you can be sixty or ninety years old, but you'll still be learning something new.
最近,我去法国,到了一个商店进门之后呢,没有跟店员说话,结果我离开时,她非常的生气。
zuìjìn ,wǒ qù Fǎguó ,dào le yīgē shāngdiàn jìnmén zhīhòu ne ,méiyǒu gēn diànyuán shuōhuà ,jiéguǒ wǒ líkāi shí ,tā fēicháng de shēngqì 。
Lately, I went to France. After I went into a store, I didn't talk to the shopkeeper. Then when I left, she got very mad.
我想了很久:你为什么要这么生气,我什么都没做啊!
wǒ xiǎng le hěn jiǔ : nǐ wèishénme yào zhème shēngqì ,wǒ shénme dōu méi zuò a !
I thought about this for a long time. "Why would you be mad at me? I didn't do anything!"
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